It's hard to get settled into a fitness routine in a city with as much development as Atlanta. No, that's not a crafty way of saying all this construction will clog up running routes. Rather, the dilemma arises when choices for a calorie burn get wider and more varied seemingly every day. Between the new California-born barre studio in Midtown, the rapidly-growing cycling chain opening a Dunwoody location and the loveably local new strength training gym in East Atlanta, fitness gurus can stay busy just trying out their options as fresh workout spots open its doors - even if that just means an old favorite gym is finding a revamped location. Here are five exciting new spots to burn calories in Atlanta.
4794 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, dunwoody.cyclebar.com
With the price and concept of cycling classes rapidly spinning out of control, national chain CycleBar bills itself as a more reasonable alternative without sacrificing the right to a good sweat. Opening in Dunwoody, Atlanta's first CycleBar location will offer the same pay-as-you-go model as its counterparts in other cities. It also allows cyclists to track their progress from ride to ride, emailing CycleStats to attendees after each class. Cycling shoes, fresh fruit and water are provided for all riders along with locker room amenities such as robes, toiletries, towels and more.
East Atlanta Village Barbell Club
530 Flat Shoals Ave SE, eavbarbell.com
Taking over BrotherMoto's former space, East Atlanta Village Barbell Club aims to shift the focus in the fitness scene from high-priced memberships to affordable, sustainable fitness communities by taking cues from weightlifting's heyday in the '50s and '60s. The studio is the brainchild of powerlifting champion Lis Saunders and Jim Chambers, Henry & June owner. With memberships ringing in at $60/month, it will focus on power-lifting to serve as an alternative to pricey Cross Fit gyms. Above all, the space aims to be inclusive, and plans to launch programs specifically geared towards girls and women later this year.
3063 Bolling Way NE, flywheelsports.com/studio/buckhead
This high-intensity cycling studio has become an established favorite for Buckhead cardio addicts with a penchant for competition. With their move right down the road from The Shops at Buckhead Atlanta, the hardcore workout has gotten some seriously upgraded digs. Luxe locker room facilities, personal LED screens on every bike and a much larger studio offer more workout spots and a better facility to get a sweat in on the go.
3097 Piedmont Rd, liveatmasphere.com
Opening in the heart of Buckhead, Atmasphere is a fitness lifestyle studio that offers yoga, cycling and cardio fusion classes along with meditation and restorative instruction. Each room is designed to harness sound and color to lend a therapeudic quality to the sessions, and its amenities include two heated yoga rooms, a meditation hall, a private practice room, a fitness room and locker rooms with showers and complimentary toiletries. New students can contact the studio for a free trial class.
724 Monroe Dr NE, popphysique.com
Atlanta's newest option for barre rats joins us from the West Coast, where Pop Physique debuted its bright, artsy aesthetic, which was designed by dancer and Pilates instructor Jennifer Williams. The one-hour workout blends strength training with stretching and core work, integrating plenty of planks and pushups with butt and thigh work at the barre. The facility, on the border of Midtown and Old Fourth Ward, provides a minimal, modern locale while a bumping soundtrack keeps class moving fast and clever signs keep class members laughing through the burn.